Royals Offense is Back in 4-0 Loss Against Jays
After last night's brutal loss to the Blue Jays, the Royals would kindly ask of Jeremy Guthrie to take the series from our opponents across the border.
The first thing I noticed about Guthrie was that his velocity was up in the 95-96 MPH range. Guthrie struggled a bit in the first, loading the bases with two outs. Guthrie would get out of it with 32 pitches being thrown, and no runs given up. In the 2nd, Guthrie hung a curve ball to Blue Jays catcher, Dioner Navarro, and he hit it very far. In the 4th, Juan Francisco lead off with a "double" to right field, if you call it that. In other news: Nori Aoki is still bad at baseball. That 2nd run is completely on Aoki, in my opinion. Guthrie would finish the day with 7.0 innings, while only giving up 2 earned. Aaron Crow would give up a 2-run shot to Edwin Encarnacion to give the Jays their 3rd and 4th runs.
Omar Infante hit a 1 out double in the first, and the Royals, in typical Royals fashion, could not score him. Escobar led off the 3rd inning with a double, then got caught in a rundown, but stayed in it long enough for Aoki to get to second. Again, the Royals could do nothing with that leadoff double. Buerlhe would cruise pretty much the rest of the game.
This game was very 'Royal' in more ways than one. To start things off, Nori Aoki's failed steal attempt was... hilarious. He got about half way to 3rd base, and fell down. To top things off, Dioner Navarro spiked a ball into the turf. Can you say, Keystone Cops? Next, we had not one, but two runners try to advance to 3rd, and fail miserably. There sure are a lot of flaws on this Royals team. Both physically and mentally.
"Well we got a split, why win the other two?" -Ned Yost probably. It sure seems like Yost threw out the 'Surrender Sunday' lineup today. Today's game was just so.... Fundamentally unsound.... I really feel for Jeremy Guthrie.